Wanting to take a Permaculture Design Course (PDC)? Wondering what you get out of taking a course like this & how they differ around the world? There are regular courses all over the world now and because Permaculture is decentralized there is a great variance in different courses, which we have observed on our travels working & teaching around the world. We've compiled a list of 10 reasons why taking a training with us represents a good investment in both your own learning pathway and offers points well worth reflecting upon generally if you are considering taking a similar training...
"Richard displays a wonderful didactic blend of charisma, engagement, team-building, empowerment and humility" Bart Saelen, Belgium IP_PDC Mar 2013
Here's 10 good reasons you might like our PDC trainings...
Our courses are accredited by the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI), Australia (PRI Registered Teacher No. 24) and the Permaculture Association UK. This ensures you are you being trained by a personally vetted field trained professional, actively engaged in design and with recognized teaching skill. It also ensures your certification is logged and recognized globally via these institutions.
We make a living designing professionally and we live and work in our designs and are continually deepening our knowledge and understanding to empower what we have to share. We are engaged in regenerative design daily; professionally, on the farm and at home and have been for many years in every major climate zone.
Our guest lecturers are also professional designers & leaders in their fields Always striving to improve the quality of our trainings we work with some of the leading practitioners and researchers out there to ensure you are exposed to what works, what's used in the field, what works and what doesn't. Design is learnt from experience on the ground, and we want everyone to have access to high standards of professionalism.
We employ a no- nonsense approach to our work. Design is best learnt from those with experience applying it in the "real world." Theory is empty without tangible knowledge from experience, and you can find this freely in innumerable books. Taking our trainings is a significant investment in your own projects and so our duty is to offer the highest quality learning experience in the most direct way that everyone can benefit from. We don't get lost in theory devoid of actionable & immediate beneficial solutions.
DESIGN is the foundation of all our trainings After all this is a DESIGN course, and our experience shows that students engaging in regular design exercises synthesize course content much more effectively, and produce more competent and actionable designs than a simple design exercise at the end of the course. If participants leave without confidence to apply this learning in their own unique circumstance then the training has failed them.
We teach principle-based design, greatly informed by our design experience, so you will understand how to apply design to any site regardless of the climate or circumstances. We are committed to a no- nonsense approach to design, and our practical experience in every major climate zone integrating the best of several disciplines of regenerative design means we can impart very broad and practical knowledge and experience. As integrationists we pull in what works from other frameworks, and cut out things that are less useful.
The PDC's we offer are 2 week intensives that empower participants with the effective design solutions, skills and a methodical scientific approach to create resilient, synergistic systems that are ecologically sound, economically profitable and meet human needs, regardless of the site and circumstance. We have found residential intensives to be more impactful from our experience, as well as reducing cost and allowing a lot more social time, additional studies and stronger bonding which can be a beneficial aspect long after the course has finished.
We are 100 % committed to total systemic overhaul We have worked full time as educators & designers for years and with this work as our sole focus we bring experience with how to apply this design science to all aspects of life, from economics & business to social systems & decision making. A holistic approach, in our minds, is key to successful project & enterprise management.
We don't do metaphysics. Permaculture is a design science; metaphysics is not included in our curriculums, and for good reason. Students of all backgrounds, cultures and religions are fully welcome and respected. We are integrationalists and believe in integrating anything effective and workable from any discipline to widen our scope, we have been using Keyline® design and Holistic Management® in our work for years.
We can support you after the training with both personal and professional experience in further education we can offer advice, design support and recommend further learning opportunities for those wishing to take design further. We have acted as mentors in longer term education programs, such as the 2 yr Permaculture Diploma, so can help advise and offer feedback on design work you carry out.
Courses with us in 2014
PDC Feb Thailand
PDC Mar Mexico
PDC Apr Malta
10 Week Professional PC Internship April start
PDC May Sweden
PDC Jul Sweden
10 Week Professional PC Internship July start
PDC Sept Sweden
PDC Nov Mexico- details to be announced
"One of the most dynamic Permaculture teachers in Europe...." Maria Svennbeck, Director Permakulture Association, Sweden
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